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Money Coach Group Frequently Asked Questions

Money Coach Group Frequently Asked Questions2019-03-07T09:07:32-04:00
What is a money coach?2018-10-18T06:58:36-04:00

Also known as a financial coach, a money coach is someone that provides knowledge, inspiration, and planning to folks that need help with personal finance issues. This could be a debt burden, collectors, foreclosure, insurance problems, etc.

Hey, even the best professional athletes, musicians, actors, and others have and need coaches!

A money coach is very different from a financial advisor, who typically helps those who are in good financial shape and looking to invest (our goal is to turn you into the kind of person that needs a financial advisor!). Our intent is to “teach you to fish,” and in that light, we will never recommend or sell financial products or receive commissions from our interactions with you. We want you to be comfortable that our advice and guidance is completely in your interest and completely unbiased. We only charge for our time.

Our goal is to get you on your feet and running toward success in life. Our goal is to eliminate any money stress from you and your family. We’ll help you BE. DEBT. FREE (with dignity).

How can I afford this? I’m broke!2018-11-13T10:15:34-04:00

Yup, we get it. We’ve been there! The idea is that our services will pay for themselves, hopefully many times over. We’ll deploy an arsenal of budget hacks, side-hustle hacks, and many other tips and tricks to build your debt elimination plan. Our mission is to give back, and we’ll do it as inexpensively as possible, always keeping your situation in mind. For that reason, there are no hidden costs or gotchas. And we don’t just help you to BE. DEBT. FREE, we show you how to stay debt-free!

How are you different/better than others?2018-10-15T19:17:08-04:00

First, be very careful. Unfortunately, there’s a whole industry built around preying on those who are having financial problems. It’s pure evil.

Our business was built to help people, not for excessive greed or profit. We’re inexpensive for that reason but we provide incredible value.

Other financial coaches or money coaches only offer ‘package’ plans, where you must sign up for a series of sessions that cost a thousand or more dollars.

We provide an inexpensive way to start. We’ll analyze your situation and build a customized roadmap to BE. DEBT. FREE. If you want more guidance, you’re free to schedule a follow-up session, or series of them, as your needs dictate.

While many folks are jumping into the hot field of money/financial coaching as a “side hustle” part-time job in addition to working their “real” job and caring for their family, at Money Coach Group this is our full-time, dedicated mission.

Are you a CFP? What are your credentials?2019-01-15T12:55:35-04:00

Good question. A Certified Financial Planner (CFP) is someone who provides investment advice and manages your investment portfolio. They sell investments and generally work with clients that are in good shape financially. At Money Coach Group, our mission is to help folks who aren’t in good shape financially and need help. We don’t sell anything, other than our time and expertise. Our goal is to get our clients to the point where they need a CFP, meaning they have no debt and are building their wealth/retirement portfolio.

As far as our credentials, currently those are:

Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach and Ramsey Preferred Coach (Dave Ramsey has fifteen million followers – we’re proud to be part of his network!)

School of Hard Knocks Graduate – This is by far our most valuable and treasured credential. We’ve been where you are. We know how it feels to dread getting the mail each day or when a debt collector calls. We know how to fix that and we want badly to help you to never have those stressors in your family’s life again. BE. DEBT. FREE!

In progress (expected certification in early 2019):  AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselor®

Can I just do this on my own?2018-11-13T10:17:07-04:00

Possibly. It takes intense discipline and will likely take you much longer and cost a lot more. A better compromise is to take our inexpensive Debt-Free Plan option and use it as your roadmap.

We use a huge repository of knowledge and information to help our clients. We’ll teach you budget hacks, how to deal with collectors, tax hacks, lifestyle hacks, and suggest side hustles to boost your income.  All of that goes into building a plan that’s just right for you.

If you’re a disciplined, self-motivated individual you can take our plan and execute the mission throughout its completion without any further assistance. We simply build you the roadmap to BE. DEBT. FREE.

But some folks aren’t as sure, are too busy, and want an accountability partner to help them stay on track. For those cases, we suggest followup appointments.

How does this work?2018-11-13T09:52:39-04:00

We want to help you the least expensive way. You can either sign up for us to build you a customized Debt-Free Plan, a guide to how to pay off your debt (and stay out of debt), or  sign up for the Debt-Free Workshop, which combines the Guide with a two-hour private workshop via phone, video conference, or face-to-face (in central Delaware).

Depending on which option you choose, it works like this:

Step 1: Schedule a fifteen-minute Meet & Greet call. We’ll talk about your goals and make sure we’re a good match.

Step 2: After we’ve both signed a simple one-page agreement, we’ll get the specifics of your cash flow and issue.

Step 3: We’ll thoroughly analyze that information to build your customized Debt-Free Plan, which contains personal finance tips to help you to stay out of debt.

Step 4: You’ll use our calendar to schedule your two-hour Debt-Free Workshop so we can go over the plan together and make adjustments.

Step 5: After the meeting, we’ll implement the tweaks we discussed and send you the final version of the plan.

Step 6: Now it’s your turn. Implement the plan! You’ll find it easier every day. You’ll be on your way to BE. DEBT. FREE!

Step 7: If you decide you want follow-up visits to tweak the plan, ask questions, or simply use us as an accountability partner, just purchase and schedule it on our website!

Step 8: BE. DEBT. FREE! Start building wealth and giving.

Where do we do this? How do we meet?2019-02-16T12:01:51-04:00

We are based in Bethlehem, PA (USA) but help clients around the world via conference calls, video conference, or face-to-face in the central Pennsylvania area. When you schedule your appointments, just choose the option that you’re most comfortable with. Because most of our clients choose virtual meetings, we don’t pay for fixed office space that would be seldom used (hey, we’re frugal!). If customers prefer in-person meetings, we typically use office space at the offices of our partners or private library meeting rooms. These spaces are private, quiet, and secure.

Are those prices your hourly rate?2018-10-15T19:19:11-04:00

Nah, not at all. For example, each session requires a ton of prep work to build your plan or prepare for our meeting. You provide us the data about your situation and we analyze it to build your debt elimination plan. We sift through all the techniques we know to find the ones that are best suited for your problem and your personality. It takes time to do it right. We want you to BE. DEBT. FREE.

I don’t want to give you my sensitive info.2018-10-15T19:20:07-04:00

We don’t ask for account numbers or any sensitive info. We don’t even need to know your real name. We only charge for our time. Our mission is to help you BE. DEBT. FREE.

What about those commercials that say they’ll negotiate and pay off my debt or fix my credit score?2019-02-16T12:04:26-04:00

Run. Seriously. Please don’t do this. Not much is as evil as taking advantage of folks that need help. Read my blog post Debt Predators and Quick Fixes.

Is this private or group meetings?2018-10-16T07:49:54-04:00

Our two-hour Debt-Free Workshop is a private planning session between us and you (and your spouse, if you’re married). We do require that spouses attend, as success rate is low without buy-in from both.

Are you part of this FIRE thing?2018-10-17T07:42:16-04:00

The FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) is a pretty cool movement that’s catching on with the younger generations. They’re rejecting the standard “life recipe” we’ve all been sold on: go to college, take on a bunch of student loan debt, graduate, get a big mortgage, a nice car or two (with loans of course), have 2.5 kids, take nice vacations and eat in fine restaurants (with food pictures) to show everyone on Facebook and Instagram what an ideal life you have, then work until you die to pay for all of the debt you’ve put yourself in to impress people you don’t even like. FIRE followers are living more minimalist lives, rejecting debt, saving half their income or more. They’re trading “things” for “freedom.” Go FIRE!

Sorry, got a bit carried away there. The answer is we’re already retired and doing this as a give-back to help folks BE. DEBT. FREE. If those folks happen to be young enough, that will surely lead them to the goals of FIRE. We certainly endorse the idea. After all, the borrower is slave to the lender!